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Learning in Freedom

Welcome to Learning in Freedom, a blog all about the learning adventures (and mishaps) of the Allen family. My four children are unschooled, following their interests and passions every day and living the lives of their choosing. The purpose of this blog is to share our every day lives (and my not-so-humble opinons) with anyone interested in stopping by. We hope this will give a glimpse of how natural learning unfolds from day to day......

Monday, December 26, 2005

Gingerbread house


2005 Gingerbread House

This is the gingerbread house we built together, Jalen, Sierra and I, a few days before Christmas. Three kids enjoyed ripping it apart, smashing and otherwise obliterating our little work of art!
We spent most of a day together, placing the figures just so, sprinkling it with powdered sugar (which Jalen licked off for several days) and attaching M&M's with frosting.

I don't know which was more fun, the decorating or the smashing!
They love our gingerbread houses and it's very healing for me to remember a sweet memory of childhood, while making it even better. My children are involved in every step of the process, as they wish, and take pleasure in making it their own creation. Jalen took great pride in the bits of candy he placed around the pond. :)

They ate some on Christmas day, then largely ignored the remains. I washed off the little figurines and placed them back in the basement for next year, when they will grace yet another house.

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